Viola Iida

Viola Iida is a Sydney-based independent artist and has most recently worked with Sydney Dance Company as an Associate Artist. She performed “Crazy Times” choreographed by Antony Hamilton in the Sydney Opera House, and toured the work.

 

we talk about:

  • going through SDC PPY
  • choosing challenges
  • being a weird child
  • learning repetiour
  • doing workshops
  • underbelly arts – with Amrita Hepi and Honey Long and Prue Stent
  • collaborating with a VJ and Thermin player
  • taking care of self
  • the financial cost of improving/training
  • 3D printing
  • outside hobbies as skill development – ceramics
  • seeking validation from outside eyes can be poisonous.

 

other links:

Rockie Stone

 

Rockie Stone is an australian circus performer with a drive to create art with her body.

 

 

I actually think that this book is a must-read, for everyone who calls themselves Australian. Important business, to know history. It affects the present, and the perception of it defines the future.

booktopia.com.au/dark-emu-bruce-pascoe/prod9781922142436.html

 

we talk about:

 

  • loitering historically
  • her show – perhaps hope  – cluster arts
  • australia
  • hope
  • edinborough fringe
  • adelaide fringe
  • fright or flight
  • literacy
  • remembering dreams
  • dark emu by bruce pascoe – book about agriculture
  • cultural speedbumps
  • how to observe
  • being a perfectionist
  • seeking the things that buzz your cells

 

other links:

http://acapta.org.au/acapta-members/rockie-stone/

 

Ellen Davies

Ellen Davies works regularly as a performer for choreographic artists. Currently Ellen is interested in the social and cultural constructs of western-based dance performance practices, a history irremovable from the formation of her self-identity.

we talk about:

 

  • good friends
  • being professional
  • dancemassive – being bitten in performance
  • making videos dancing in the bedroom
  • life modelling
  • dancing and thinking
  • deep sea dancers/bec jensen
  • learning how to work
  • inspiration – films, books, perforance works, people, nature
  • intelligence in different forms
  • recognising what’s already happening my body
  • fail vids
  • working, money and changing the world
  • imagining doing other things – like becoming a doctor
  • the trauma of ballet culture
  • show – roadkill
  • hoping for a fun life
  • when heros turn out to be your peers

 

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Bhenji Ra (recast)

Bhenji Ra is premiering a show on November 2nd. It is presented by FORM and is apart of a triple bill called Common Anomalies. we talk about:

 

quotes from the discussion:

“i’m offering a different narrative, that’s all” BR

“there is a million narratives going on at once, and to consume that every single day and forget that your narrative is also very important but not only that but that your narrative has to be made up from experience and experience doesn’t come from flicking through instagram and wishing or comparing or trying to familiarise or see yourself represented in that. like, fuck representation it’s such a hard thing, yes we need to see ourselves represented in social media and on TV and in films and cinema but at the end of the day i also wanna see myself represented in the landscape and to see myself in the streets.. if you have a community” BR

“rise above and listen to your inner bad-bitch” BR

“was the conversation, Here’s some cash, go make some art?” – MC “yes! and that’s the conversation i wanna have for the rest of my life” BR

“self doubt is the biggest player in stifling yourself” BR

“everyday is a process of liberating myself  from what ever self hate i have” BR

“i just want an experience of myself that isn’t consumed and talked about int he public media as well.” – BR

“i can make this so fab and relevant.. and  you’ve just fucked it up” – BR

Bhenji Ra

Bhenji Ra is premiering a show on November 2nd. It is presented by FORM and is apart of a triple bill called Common Anomalies.


“There is a million narratives going on at once, and to consume that every single day and forget that your narrative is also very important but not only that but that your narrative has to be made up from experience and experience doesn’t come from flicking through instagram and wishing or comparing or trying to familiarise or see yourself represented in that. like, fuck representation! it’s such a hard thing, yes we need to see ourselves represented in social media and on TV and in films and cinema but at the end of the day I also wanna see myself represented in the landscape and to see myself in the streets..  you have a community” Bhenji Ra
we talk about:

 

quotes from the discussion:

“i’m offering a different narrative, that’s all” BR

“rise above and listen to your inner bad-bitch” BR

“was the conversation, Here’s some cash, go make some art?” – MC “yes! and that’s the conversation i wanna have for the rest of my life” BR

“self doubt is the biggest player in stifling yourself” BR

“everyday is a process of liberating myself  from what ever self hate i have” BR

“i just want an experience of myself that isn’t consumed and talked about int he public media as well.” – BR

“i can make this so fab and relevant.. and  you’ve just fucked it up” – BR

James Mangohig

James Mangohig is an ARIA nominated producer, as well as a bassist among many other things, from Darwin, Australia. BIO

 

we talk about:

  • being tired of the happy ending narrative
  • nature vs nurture
  • in between two – show
  • Sietta – band
  • the limits of access to gear in Darwin
  • skinny fish music
  • nooka
  • putting energy in ones home town
  • why Darwin?
  • looking to america and europe
  • asian-australian playing rock and hiphop music within indigenous contexts
  • philipino’s as islanders rather than asians
  • developing relationships through working with community
  • music being adopted by mulitple cultures
  • the natural musicianship in the bush – “the way people can argue in the bush” JM
  • the sound of records
  • “lots of people feel ownership of hiphop now” JM
  • the first person of colour i saw on stage was Quan from Regurgitator
  • having a muslim looking beard
  • working at Tivendale school inside Dondale prison
  • international quality standards
  • living in darwin and having a perspective on quality
  • how to hustle with integrity – having true relationships with people
  • race and gender in hiphop and writing/rapping about ones individual struggle
  • “i think the nurturing and development can happen here in australia” JM
  • being represented and feeling safe
  • Dr G Yunupingu and his legacy and intricacy of traditional music
  • Djalu music film
  • AB Original

 

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River Lin

River Lin is a an artist and curator working across the fields of performing and visual arts. He was a facilitator during Matt’s involvement at YumLab, BrisAsia Festival 2017

 

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